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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2020 8:56 p.m. PST

…THE FRENCH

"One would expect that a country that had been at war for five years would welcome its first ally with open arms. We might have mental images of civic officials leading throngs of eager citizens to greet the allies or of platoons of soldiers firing salutes. It didn't happen. No government officials, no military officers or soldiers, nobody was at the pier to greet the French troops when they arrived at Newport, Rhode Island.

The Comte de Rochambeau arrived at 3 PM on Tuesday, July 11, 1780. He ordered the Amazone to be the only ship to dock at Long Wharf. Armand Charles Augustin de la Croix, Duc de Castries noted in his journal: "When he disembarked he [Rochambeau] found no one to receive him. He had to find lodging at the inn and it was only the next day that he could meet the governor of the city (General William Heath)…."
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saltflats192910 Jan 2020 9:49 p.m. PST

They should have phoned ahead.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2020 10:52 a.m. PST

(smile)


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Virginia Tory14 Jan 2020 4:07 a.m. PST

They didn't want "Amazon" showing up, apparently.

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